Why We Lack Courage

Why we lack courage

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We lack courage because if we happen sometimes to be brave as individuals we know that we will for sure be undercut by committees (by managers)

Once this has happened, once some individual has done the right thing (what would strike any individual as the right thing – maybe just a normal routine right thing – like telling the truth) only to be deserted, persecuted, harassed, interrogated, left hung-out-to-dry by a faceless, un-responsible, safety-first, avoid-costs-at-all-cost, dodge-risks-at-any-risk, short-termist committee/ bunch of managers (and put through some kind of prolonged time-, emotion- and money-draining procedural torture) … then it is a strong (um…) deterrent against doing the right thing.

Ever.

Again.

Which makes a perfect, and perfectly understandable, excuse to be cowardly thenceforth.

Which is presumably why we lack courage.

 

–Bruce Charlton, 12 October, 2010

www.charltonteaching.blogspot.com

About Celia Farber

Celia Farber is a journalist, author, and editor based in New York City, who grew up in Sweden and New York City. Farber has written on a variety of subjects for SPIN, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s, Salon, New York Press, and many more. In 2008, Celia Farber won the Semmelweis International Society’s Clean Hands Award For Investigative Journalism.

Comments

  1. LETICIA says:

    Not so bad. Intriguing things right here

  2. Sylvia Norton says:

    In his 1978 Harvard commencement address Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said — if I remember correctly — that America would not be destroyed by a love of comfort but by a lack of civil courage.

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